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Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge: Your Complete Guide!

Learn all about the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some projects you can make.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see some ideas for this formula, including glitter glasses.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge

It’s always hard to pick my favorite of the Mod Podge formulas, and it definitely depends on the day. However, I will say that Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is definitely always a front runner, and for good reason. What other decoupage formula can you WASH?!

There isn’t one.

Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is the decoupage formula that you can apply to glass, ceramic, and metal – and then you’ll be able to wash the item. And when I say “put in the dishwasher,” I mean on the top rack after it cures.

This water based formula is indoor/outdoor durable (though I typically use Outdoor Mod Podge for outdoor projects).

Does it really work? Absolutely!

I’ve tested many projects with this formula, and if you follow the instructions EXACTLY, your item can be washed in the dishwasher.

If you are wondering about instructions, here you go. These are the steps you should follow for success:

  1. Clean your project surface. I wash glass, ceramic, and metal with warm soapy water – rinse thoroughly, and let dry. If your piece is too large, using rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean.
  2. Roll your bottle on the table to mix it.
  3. Open and use a soft bristle brush to apply the finish to the surface and the back of the design element.
  4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, place the design onto the surface and smooth.
  5. Do not apply the design element where it can be in contact with food or your lips. For example, apply to the back of a glass plate or 1/4″ down from the edge of a cup.
  6. Let dry for 1- 2 hours and then apply 2 – 3 more coats. Let dry 1 – 2 hours between coats.
  7. Cure your project for 28 days.
  8. Wash by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Now that you’ve gotten the skinny on how to use it, here are some common questions I get about the formula. I’ve provided the answers to the best of my ability!

Questions About Dishwasher Safe Gloss

1. Isn’t all Mod Podge dishwasher safe? Why do I need a special formula?

This is a common misconception. All Mod Podges are not dishwasher safe. For example, Outdoor formula is highly water-resistant but not waterproof. If you want to be able to wash a decoupaged item in the dishwasher, you need this formula!

2. Is Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge also microwave safe?

Negative. You shouldn’t microwave anything you make with this formula.

3. What is the finish of this formula?

It is Glossy – so shiny. You can see what a Mod Podge glossy finish looks like here.

4. What sizes does the formula come in?

It comes in 8 ounce and 16 ounce. You can find out where to buy this formula (amongst others) here.

5. What is the cure time – when can I wash my project?

You need to wait 28 days. Not 10 or 17 or 26 – 28! Please wait the full time frame for the best results.

6. Do I really have to wait 28 days for it to cure?

Yes. Cure time is different than dry time. Dry is dry to the touch. Curing is a chemical strengthening process you can’t rush. It is when the formula has reached its peak chemical performance (essentially).

7. I waited the cure time and my project messed up!

You may not have put on enough layers of Mod Podge, or they may not have been thick enough. Or if you didn’t clean your surface before beginning, regular oils from hands and other things can cause the formula not to adhere appropriately.

8. Why can’t the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge touch my food or lips?

While it is waterbase and non-toxic (so it won’t hurt you), it’s not FDA approved food-safe. it would be very unusual for a glue to be approved for use with food! So please keep it away from anything edible.

9. How do I prepare my surface to apply this formula?

Clean with warm soapy water if the item is small – or use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls, especially if the item is larger.

10. Can I still use the formula on wood?

Yes you can. Having said that, you aren’t going to want to wash a piece of wood in the dishwasher. If this is the only formula you have, you can still use it like regular Mod Podge.

11. Can I use Dishwasher Safe with vinyl?

No, you don’t want to use any Mod Podge formula with permanent or temporary vinyl. Vinyl is a plastic and Mod Podge is an acrylic product, and those don’t seal plastic very well.

Permanent vinyl doesn’t need to be sealed typically – which is why it’s called permanent. I’m not a vinyl expert though! I would make sure your vinyl is dishwasher safe if that is what is you are looking for.

12. Where can I purchase it?

This formula is available on Amazon.com, Michaels, or online at Jo-ann.com.


Are you ready for some project ideas using Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Check out the links below!

Ready to try Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge? Here are some awesome projects you can start with!


Let me know your favorite projects or any questions you might have in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other Mod Podge formulas:

Ginette Batt

Saturday 21st of January 2023

Hi there, new to Mod Podge. I am using the dishwasher safe to make coasters. I am aware that I need to cure for 28 days, I also wanted to add a coat or 2 of the Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer for extra protection, should I wait until the curing process is complete before sealing?

Thank you

Sheryle

Sunday 25th of December 2022

Can this be used to revamp a stand mixer?

Amy

Saturday 7th of January 2023

It really depends on what you are doing! If you are attaching paper or fabric, you'll really have to rough up the surface to get the Mod Podge to stick. This is because those stand mixers have a coating on them and are waterproof. If you paint it, here's the guide: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-paint-a-kitchenaid-stand-mixer-255810

Kate

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Hi there, I wanted to try alcohol ink mugs… I tested it with 3 cots 1hr in between, for 28 days, too rack off the dishwasher and it peeled off? Why? I want to sell these!! I can’t clean it as alcohol ink will run off! What should I do!??

Amy

Saturday 7th of January 2023

Hello! Since you aren't decoupaging paper or fabric to the mug, you're probably going to want to use something else. I would try this process: https://www.dickblick.com/project-ideas/create-custom-alcohol-ink-mugs/ Alcohol inks are somewhat tricky and are water soluble so the interaction with Mod Podge . . . is different. I recommend Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe for instances where you want to attach fabric, paper, glitter or other raised items. When you're just dyeing or painting, there are tougher solutions.

betty cory

Saturday 26th of November 2022

I was recently at a craft show and a lady was selling dishes that were Mod Podge with material and she they were dishwater and microwave safe is this true?

Amy

Saturday 26th of November 2022

They might be dishwasher safe (top rack) but they are not microwave safe with just Mod Podge. I address in the post! Now if she's doing something else to them with a different craft material that I am unaware of . . . that could be. If it's just Mod Podge, no.

Stacey Robinson

Monday 7th of November 2022

Why does this take acrylic paint off my tile? I painted and left to dry then as I applied the modpodge it’s lifted the paint!

Amy

Saturday 26th of November 2022

Was it paint made for tile? It's not the Mod Podge - it would happen with any product. It's because the paint isn't adhered to the tile as it should be. That means it's either not multisurface or glass or it wasn't cured or dried properly!